Seems like Christmas brings out the good in most. Donations and acts of kindness tend to tick up this month. Following a steady diet of news stories that are depressing, infuriating and frightening, it's good to press the pause button and think a bit about all the good people doing good thin…
It seemed like the lead-up to the holidays took… for …. ever…. And then, suddenly, it was Thanksgiving and everything kicked into high gear. We blinked, the meal was over and Black Friday was upon us. Actually, Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving, with stores like Target, Walmart and Koh…
Walking the paths behind Bay Village's Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, a gaggle of 29 Girl Scouts from five West Side troops learned about the wonders found hidden-in-plain-sight on a crisp fall day. "What about your five senses?" asked Justin Willard, a center edu…
What do Michaelangelo, Christmas cactus, butternut squash ravioli, scam prevention, downsizing and baseball have in common?
WESTSHORE - After 10 years and 22 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an amazing, bombastic climax with a three-hour masterpiece directed by local-boys-made-good, Joseph and Anthony Russo.
WESTSHORE - With an $11 million restoration project of the historic Forest City Bank building in Ohio City nearing completion, the last thing superintendent Walt Gachuk needed to throw off his scheduled fall opening was a bird nest in the attic.
WESTLAKE - As a group of 60 camp-bound city kids arrived at their destination, chaperone Mary Macias remembers, the children made noises as bus doors and windows opened. "We were in the middle of the woods and I thought it smelled amazing," she said.
“Avengers Endgame” is almost upon us and, given the ridiculous amount of security surrounding it, it would be stupid to make predictions about the much-anticipated ending.
BAY VILLAGE - It’s been a school year full of planning, writing letters and fundraising, but members of the Key Club at Bay High School have achieved a pretty impressive goal: By working with the community and two other Bay Village schools, they have raised $12,000 to build a water well that…
WESTLAKE — He began to play violin at age 3. He then added viola and trumpet. By 10, he was writing original music compositions. One earned a national award. He has performed with singer Kenny Loggins at Cleveland's Severance Hall as well as internationally, where he soloed as first violinis…
Editor’s note: West Life welcomes James McCarty, renowned area bird expert whose birding column appeared for nearly two decades in The Plain Dealer. We are proud and happy (for all his faithful readers!) that he is now sharing his birding knowledge in West Life. Enjoy!
BAY VILLAGE - It was finally warm enough Friday for wildlife specialist Taryn Leach of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to sit outside and relax at the picnic bench behind the main building.
Editor’s Note: Starting this week, well-known Northeast Ohio movie reviewer and journalist Michael Sangiacomo will be contributing articles for West Life.
WESTLAKE — It’s the tissue boxes placed in every room, hallway, nook and cranny that hint as to what really goes on at The Gathering Place in Westlake.
WESTSHORE - Americans' continuing preference for pickup trucks and SUVs over sedans is evident at the Cleveland Auto Show, where automakers - particularly the Big Three - are placing the spotlight on their larger vehicles.
WESTLAKE - The new Ohio Rose of Tralee, Danielle Goebel, took over the title Saturday night from a distant cousin, Erin Stefancin, although the two had never met until the previous week.
WESTSHORE — With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now knee-deep into the season of holiday craft shows, special theater offerings and a variety of seasonal fun. Here is a listing of the top offerings in our area.
WESTSHORE — Get your spook on! Northeast Ohio is filled with Halloween and fall events guaranteed to make the season colorful (and maybe a little bit scary).
WESTLAKE — Beth Cherico will have a teal pumpkin outside her house this Halloween. She won’t be alone. The Westlake chocolatier entrepreneur is part of a growing movement.
WESTSHORE — Moving the south entrance to the Huntington Reservation away from the Lake Erie Science & Nature Center is one of a series of changes the Cleveland Metroparks has outlined in its draft, long-term master plan for the park district.
LAKEWOOD — The question of how to deliver education to students in the future may have been answered when the new school year started last month at St. Edward High School.
AVON — Classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars will take over the grounds of Avon United Methodist Church on Detroit Road from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, for the seventh annual Wheels for Wags car show benefiting Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County. The rain date is Aug. 25.
WESTLAKE—Soon she’ll tackle the seventh grade, but for now, Amara Brahmbhatt is filling her summer vacation stating her case as one of Northeast Ohio’s elite young tennis talents.
CLEVELAND – It wasn’t until 2011 that Sarah Johanek decided she wanted to be a rower. The then freshman at Saint Joseph Academy High School, who had and still does enjoy running, came to school the same year that rowing became an official team sport at Saint Joe’s.
WESTSHORE - During his 40-year career as a suburban Cleveland journalist, Dave Lange frequently dealt with controversial topics. Now he’s used his award-winning skills to write about coming-of-age during one of the most highly-charged times in American history – the Vietnam era.
LAKEWOOD - Ann and Kevin Thomas stood in their 100-degree distilling facility on a July day. The smell of corn mash and fresh alcohol sticks to the heat emanating from the still, and burns the nostrils. Thousands of liters of water run through grains. The water evaporates and returns through…
LAKEWOOD - Tyler Hannah, didn’t always envision himself as the state-qualifying track and field star is he today. The Lakewood High School junior began running track in seventh grade, and said at the start, he wasn’t so sure if there was a future for him in the sport.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE - The second annual Ranger Council Summer Kickoff event took place Saturday at Ranger Stadium. Activities included a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, the sale of Wilcox and middle school bricks and a meet and greet with new superintendent Roxann Caserio…
NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Sixth-grader Sophia Thibodeaux placed first in the nation in the Akron Rubber Band Contest for her interactive game titled “Trebuchet!” She placed first in the Arts and Leisure Division. The other division was Science and Engineering. The premise of the project was to desi…
NORTH RIDGEVILLE - The cars start lining up on the enormous gravel lot well before sundown. There are the pros - the ones swooping efficiently into spots, the backs of the pickup trucks filled with inflatable mattresses and pillows, or trunks of regular cars overflowing with lawn chairs. And…
The West Shore Chorale will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sunday night with the premiere of a composition by alumnus and Broadway composer Dave Malloy.
Stephen Tavani began playing the violin two months before his 8th birthday. The need for braces prevented him from pursuing his first choice, the trumpet.
The screeners give each film a letter grade from A to D, along with their comments, which are passed along to the producer and director. Festival organizers advise screeners not to be mean-spirited in their comments.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Superintendent James Powell discussed the major changes that have occurred within the school district the past year and what the community can look forward during his year at his State of the Schools address last Friday.
I have always strongly believed that we must work together to solve problems facing our families. I’m pleased to report that a strong partnership has formed to help address the opioid crisis here in Lorain County.
All at North Ridgeville Community Care are saddened by the death of our faithful volunteer, Marsha Mace. She served as our Salad Wednesday Chairperson and was Food Person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Marsha was a dear, hard-working woman who rarely said no to a task. She worked well with othe…